Noble Schools

Chief of Public Affairs

Network Support Chicago, Illinois


For applicants who apply after 09/17/21, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption required.

About Noble
Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,500 employees currently serve over 12,500 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 90% low-income, and 81% first-generation college-goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top twelve public high schools in the city. Noble supports over 20,000 alumni with 98% of Noble students accepted into college and almost 94% choosing to enroll. 

The people we hire must have a commitment to being anti-racist in all areas of our organization. In the past, we have diligently worked toward pursuing the accomplishments listed above. We plan to use that same determination, innovation, and diligence in our goal to become an anti-racist organization. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead choice-filled lives - and welcome those ready to join us in that pursuit. 

The Role
The Chief of Public Affairs of Noble Schools leads the communications and government and community affairs teams in service to Noble’s vision and mission: Noble will ensure that all students have equitable and positive school experiences that equip them to complete college and lead choice-filled lives. Serving on the senior leadership team, the Chief of Public Affairs oversees the external-facing work of Noble including relationships with elected officials, press, parent leaders, key community organizations, coalition partners and district officials. 

Key Responsibilities
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as strategic leader for internal and external communications including all-staff messaging through written communication, all-staff events, social and digital media etc.
  • Guide the communications team on implementation and maintenance of Noble brand and execution of best in class paid digital marketing and media campaigns.
  • Set goals for and drive the public official engagement and advocacy strategy including engagement with state and local elected officials to deliver policy wins.
  • Act as spokesperson for Noble in public settings including but not limited to press interactions, engagements with public officials, committee hearing and testimony and other public events. 
  • In collaboration with principals and senior leaders, implement best-in-country parent engagement strategy to inform and improve Noble policies, practices and work in partnership in the education of Noble students.
  • Grow and scale community engagement strategy to build on existing partnerships and leverage new ones to deliver resources and support for students, staff and families in support of Noble’s mission. 
  • Work across functions with senior leaders to ensure the performance of the Public Affairs team builds synergies for other Noble Support Team functions - including student recruitment, talent and recruitment, employee engagement, safety and security, and compliance.
  • Work as a collaborative partner with senior leaders at Noble to create best-in-country systems and solutions that will accelerate Noble’s ability to drive outcomes and experiences for students. The chief of public affairs will work alongside senior leaders (bios here).
  • Collaborate with the CEO, President and Head of Schools to address seemingly intractable problems with a spirit of optimism, creativity, and humanity.
  • Support the execution, and progress monitoring of relevant components of Noble’s Five-Year Strategic Plan. The major components of the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan are as follows, with more context available to read here.

Candidate Qualifications
Among the many qualifications we are seeking, the ideal candidate for Noble’s next Chief of Public Affairs should have:

  • For applicants who apply after 09/17/21, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption required.
  • Unwavering commitment to Noble's anti-racist commitment and mission of preparing students for college success and the firm belief in the potential of every student
  • Clear alignment with Noble’s core values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Follow-Through; Humility and Self-Awareness; Respect; and Results
  • Strong leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to manage leaders in an equity-focused results-oriented environment
  • Track record of excellence and results in leading a complex organization and navigating a dynamic sector/organizational landscape
  • Experience leading communications functions including track record of success engaging with press.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and communicate with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders including students, families, employees, government officials, board members, community members, and donors
  • Actively anticipates challenges and opportunities amidst uncertainty. Partners with various stakeholders to prioritize and backwards plan. 
  • Experience managing government relations, lobbying, and communications teams strongly preferred.
  • An orientation towards service to campuses and finding ways to help Noble campuses stay focused on educational outcomes by removing barriers that can get in the way of results for students and families.

We strive to be among the best places to work in education, and our employee benefits are thoughtfully designed to support us in this ambition. Compensation is commensurate with experience for this role and is expected to start at $170,000.

Statement of Non-Discrimination
Noble is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.